How to Watch Out for Child Identity Theft

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Guest post by Amanda Moore

Your little one may not know what Social Security numbers and data protection are, but that, unfortunately, doesn’t reduce their risks of being impersonated by an identity thief. Yes, it’s sad but true: children and even tiny babies are just as vulnerable to identity theft as adults— but until it’s something they can understand, they’ll have no personal control over it. Instead, it’s up to you, their family or guardian, to ensure that the proper precautions are taken against child identity theft.

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep Every Night

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Sleep is incredibly important. It affects both your mental and physical health. If you don’t get enough sleep, your productivity, health, mood, and even your weight can be negatively affected. The problem is, sleep is often not a priority for parents. In addition, there are many outside factors that interfere with a restful night.

Here are 5 tips to make sure you are getting the rest that your body needs – night after night.

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8 Simple, Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Your Family

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research shows that people who skip breakfast are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than their breakfast-eating counterparts.

But mornings can get very hectic, so you might be tempted to skip breakfast or grab something not-so-healthy on the go. Here are 8 simple recipes for a healthy and yummy breakfast that your family can enjoy every day.

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9 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze

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The birds are singing, the sun is out and flowers are blooming. It’s finally Spring!

While it may be tempting to just soak up the sunlight outside, there are some responsibilities in the home that cannot be ignored.

It is finally time to do all those little chores that you have been putting off. While the prospect of deep cleaning your entire house may be daunting, here are 9 simple tips to make this process as satisfying and painless as possible.

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4 Simple Tips for How to Get Your Child to Sleep

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Getting your children to go to sleep quickly and easily is anything but easy! Not getting enough sleep can affect not only your children’s mood and health, but also your own – you need your sleep, too. Below are some tips to help get your children to bed and snoozing in no time.

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How to Take Your Kids to Work (and Have Them Learn Something)

Bring kids to work Taking your kids to work day is a great opportunity to give kids exposure to different careers, show them the importance of work, and let them see you in a different context – not as a Mom or a Dad but as a professional with a boss, colleagues and important responsibilities. Here are some practical, time-tested suggestions for how to get the most out of this day, for your own kids – and maybe even for your colleagues’ kids if you decide to organize it for your work group or department. Read more

5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Be More Active

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Guest blog post by Amanda Moore

If you’re a parent, you already know how important it is for kids to be active. Not only does it keep their bodies healthy, it pumps blood to the brain, making your kid smarter. Unfortunately, these days it’s getting harder to encourage this activity, as kids use screens more and more at school and at home. It’s even harder if you’re a single parent who plans and does everything on your own.  But with a bit of prep, activity can become an easy, fun part of your bonding time. Here are five simple ways to get your kids to be more active:

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Financial and Legal Responsibilities When Hiring a Nanny

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When you hire a nanny, you are considered a “household employer”. And the nanny – or another person performing work in or near your home, like a health aide, housekeeper, gardener, cook, personal assistant, estate manager, etc. — is considered an employee of the family. Misclassifying an employee as an “independent contractor” is viewed as tax evasion by the IRS.

If a household employee is paid more than $2,100 in a calendar year, the household employer is required to withhold and remit payroll taxes to the state and the IRS. If a household pays an employee less than the threshold in a calendar year, payroll taxes are not required to be withheld and remitted; however, the household is still legally considered an employer and, therefore, must adhere to federal and state labor laws.

In this post, we review your responsibilities as a household employer, and suggest a do-for-you solution by our partner, HomePay.

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